Prior to becoming a regular collaborator with such prominent directors as Oliver Stone and Quentin Tarantino, cinematographer Robert Richardson served his apprenticeship shooting second unit on Repo Man (1984) while filming television documentaries for PBS and the BBC.
His television work led Stone to hire him to shoot Salvador (1986) and Platoon (1986), both of which required a cinema verite style that only a documentary cinematographer could offer. From there, he worked almost exclusively for Stone, filming Wall Street (1987), Born on the Fourth of July (1989) and The Doors (1991), while occasionally branching out to shoot films like John Sayles' Eight Men Out (1988) and City of Hope (1991). But it was his stunning work using a multitude of stock and cameras to create a documentary feel for JFK (1991), which earned the cinematographer his first Academy Award.
While he sharpened the hyperkinetic style of JFK in Natural Born Killers (1994), Nixon (1995) and U-Turn (1997), Richardson was in-demand by other top Hollywood directors like Tarantino and Martin Scorsese, both of whom tapped the director of photography for films like Bringing Out the Dead (1999), Kill Bill, Vol. 1 (2003) and Kill Bill, Vol. 2 (2004). Richardson earned Oscars two and three for his work with Scorsese on The Aviator (2004) and Hugo (2011). As he continued to earn acclaim for projects like Tarantino’s Django Unchained (2012), The Hateful Eight (2015) and Live By Night (2016) for Director Ben Affleck there is no doubt that Richardson is one of the finest cinematographers working in Hollywood.